People are generally aware of the damages caused by hard water to natural stone. However, it should be remembered that some natural stones can also be damaged by soft water. If you are curious about the soft water damage and what you need to do to protect your natural stone from these damages, then you must read on!
About Hard and Soft Water Damage
The damage caused by hard water to natural stones is the damage caused by mineral deposits on the surface of the stones. It can be thought that this hard water damage can be prevented with water softening systems. It is true that soft water can eliminate damages caused by mineral deposits on natural stone. However, this soft water itself can create a new problem. Soft water can damage the structure of marble or calcium-based soft natural stones and dissolve your stone.
Where Stone Is Used Makes a Difference
Frankly, you don’t have to worry about water damage for natural stone applications that are rarely exposed to water. Natural stones on your fireplace or entranceway walls are very protected. Surfaces that are less exposed to water and cleaned by mod, such as conference rooms or halls, are also likely to be protected from the damage. Some deformations may occur on surfaces such as kitchen countertops, commercial bar benches that are constantly exposed to water, but this deterioration occurs very slowly over a long period of time. Hard and soft water problems are most affective in the bathroom showers since the natural stone in any shower is exposed to an average of two gallons of water, which is very high.
Solutions to Minimize Soft Water Damage
If the natural stone application area is exposed to water a lot, it is better to use silicate based stones such as granite, sandstone, slate and quartzite. If you have not previously evaluated this section and have already placed your stone, consider the following suggestions:
1 Soften your water by using potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride pellet.
2 Use reverse osmosis drinking water system. With reverse osmosis you can eliminate more than 95% of “everything” in water, even sodium. The combination of the water softener system and the reverse osmosis system will give a great result.
3 Desalted waters will dissolve the soft calcium based stones. You will need to seal your natural stone to prevent this dissolution and reduce softening. It is not recommended to use the catch-22 as a sealing stone in moist environments.
Please make sure you learn as much as you can before you choose the right natural or engineered stones for your private as well as commercial spaces
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